Illuminating the Darkness in Shamanism

7613489930_9aca4bd68b_bThe starry-eyed fascination with South American shamanism in the spiritual counter-culture is beginning to shift towards a more grounded, realistic perspective. Aurelia Hunter tells a personal tale of Q’ero shaman mistreating her when she was seeking a mentor.

via Teaching and Broken Trust | Reality Sandwich

It’s the beginner’s mind full of childlike curiosity that keeps us humble and fuels our evolution. However, I have also discovered that seeking too far outside of our own inner wisdom can cause a willingness to give away one’s own power. At the start, I could not comprehend that the true teacher would appear the moment I stopped seeking. So I am sharing a story of falling into the illusion that we have to be with certain teachers of particular backgrounds and in certain “power spots” to receive the appropriate energy transmissions to become shamans, medicine women, and other labels of the spiritual walk. I would like to acknowledge that this can be advantageous as well as dangerous. Shamanism and life seem like one large paradox.

Let me make clear, I completely respect the traditions and ceremonies of the indigenous cultures, and I think it is important to learn as much as we can from each other, because the importance of ancient wisdom is integral to our process as human beings. Their connection to the unseen realms is magnificent and their sacred rituals and ceremonies pay respect to those who came before and those who have yet to come. These critical elements, missing from our modern day world, are crucial to our awakening. And yet, I believe there is still a darkness that needs to be illuminated, a darkness that I experienced first hand, a power struggle that crossed boundaries forever breaking trust and changing my path.

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  • Juan

    If you are even thinking about going to South Amarica to try ayahuasca, please, please have a look at this video. Cannot recommend it enough.
    The other side of the colonial or post colonial mindset that reduces the “other” to a prop in our personal drama is just as limiting, reductive and disrespectful as the previous view which saw the forest people as “primitive savages.”

    http://youtu.be/Xqk33s2-Hfk

    • 1plakat

      not to mention, going to the amazon is like stepping on your well groomed vegetable garden while smoking pot with the local inner city black guy who shows you some perspective by contrasting your life style. Its freaken america, learn chemistry and make this shit at home… These people will find more enlightenment learning about chemistry than pursuing a ceremonial drug for less then thought out reasons. Want to have some mind blowing insights and sensations on drugs right here in the USA? take some molly with your favorite person and go walk at a beautiful american park on the spring equinox so the temp has a chance to be perfect for your roll. Bam, done, just don’t an idiot and abuse it.

      • Juan

        That works too:)

        • 1plakat

          MDMA is the real deal when it comes to recreation. If one is more geared towards biology and agriculture they can attempt to grow mushrooms in sterile grow bags sold online. The spores are not illegal, needs a dark place to grow, which is easy to find, and puff, shaman scoobie snacks. Dose is key with the Drugs.

          • thisbliss

            Yea I like the idea of the little mush teachers, from my experience if you want to get hold of them you got to be serious – it takes discipline and patience and the grow seems like an initiation in itself. Then Boom – your almost ready for what its got to show you. Also you can’t make galloons of the stuff like you could acid or molly so already it seems more organic, non-mass produced.
            I’ve always questioned the modern worlds indifference to these kinds of experiences especially the laws which prevent them from even occurring but could it be its just our modern equivalent to keeping these things novel. I mean if you really have a drive to experience these things you can, regardless of law you’ll find a way round it – the ‘illegality’ is kinda just a filter to keep the semi-serious or mildly curious people away from this experience leaving it for a certain demographic. But in a way this is probably not much different to early tribal settings where the outcasts and the shamans were drawn to these experiences too. I’ve sorta concluded that some people will never be convinced about these experiences no matter if they hear all evidence to support its use or even experience it directly themselves – its simply not some people’s bag. They get their kicks, spirituality, interests, discovery, excitement – that feeling of being ‘alive’ elsewhere

    • Oginikwe

      “These strange pushy young people were in search of a place they could buy or mine supernatural power as if it were a fuel source instead of a burden of responsibility that divinely bestowed on those with the grace
      and bearing strong enough to not disappoint the powers they served. (130-131)

      “Most certainly these people and others like them were attracted to some very real indigenous intactness for which their own souls achingly yearned, but their overly domesticated mind’s spoiled personalities and spiritually starved upbringings did not serve their aching souls. And in their jealous desire they damaged the very thing they desired by desiring it. (131-132)

      “The village was already starting to forget, looking and acting like rootless money-oriented, gizmo-dependent Americans, avaricious merchants, Ladinos, and other outside civilized people who could no longer see
      the world as anything but a resource, a prop for recreation, or an
      uncooperative headache of natural laws that needed taming to make it obey. [ . . .] . . .this would be nothing compared to the common experience of village death, violence, and rag-tag hand-me-down TV culture that would ensue at the onset of the nineties.” (148)

      “The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic: The Parallel Lives of People as Plants: Keeping the Seeds Alive” by Martin Prechtel.

      Shake ‘n’ bake culture can’t hardly escape their shake ‘n’ bake lives but they sure can spread it around the globe.

  • http://lmgtfy.com/ jasonpaulhayes

    I was lent the title of Shaman by one of the most powerful magic(k) men anyone could ever hope to meet. By way of demonstrating divination… I’ve helped him to explore the myths he lives within, and introduced him to himself for the first time. He’s a man of great carnal magick, empowered by and feeding upon the coveting, lustful souls of men and women alike… he’s a baphometic highlander and holds a keys to unlock the raging, malevolent, bestial nature of anyone he chooses.

    I’m learning these same lessons in darkness spoken of in this article, but in ways I never imagined. This man (who shall remain unnamed) has taught me to put a forked tongue down the throat of those who beg for it and to let be those who should be spared the trespass… mouth gaping wide and open to it at they may be.

  • http://www.subgenius.com/pam1/pamphlet_p1.html jesus_loves_you

    Silly Rabbit, Trixx are for Kids… what was this privileged mid-western caucasoid (nut job) thinking? Of course the shaman wants to shag a little. Call it tuition.

  • Jonas Planck

    I said it before, and I’ll say it again… there is no idea so good, no energy so pure, that man cannot find a way to fuck it up somehow. I suppose it’s balanced out by our capacity for creation, in the long run… although the jury’s still out on that long run’s outcome, and probably always will be.

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